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Keith Barney

Senior Lecturer: Resources, Environment, and Development Group


Ph.D. (Geography, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2011) M.E.S. (Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2002) B.Sc. (Biological Science, University of Guelph, Canada, 1998)

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Keith Barney has conducted research on the changing geographies of environment and development, and natural resource policy in Southeast Asia since 1999, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. His conceptual interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian change. He is particularly interested in how new political economies of resource development and extraction transform environments, alter property rights and local livelihoods, and produce new state-society relations in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Keith is currently serving as the Crawford School’s Director for Higher Degree Research.

Career Highlights

  • 2020 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific- 4 student nominations for Teaching Excellence, 2 nominations for Excellence in Research Supervision, 1 citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2019 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific: 1 student nomination for Excellence in Research Supervision
  • 2018 Nominated for an Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision (Early Career Category)

Research interests

  • Resource Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Agrarian Change, Rural Migration
  • Forest and Land Policy, Resource Tenure
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Asia
  • Social Impacts of Hydropower Development
  • Lao Studies
  • Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia


Semester 1 2021:

On parental leave

Semester 2, 2021:

EMDV 8009 Asia-Pacific Resource Conflicts

EMDV 8066 Research Project

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